Senior Planner

City of Gardena
Gardena, CA
United States
Professional Areas: 
Community Development
Experience Level: 
AICP Certification: 
$6,155 - $7,855/monthly


Journey level professional class that performs a full range of complex analytical tasks; conducts analysis, research and recommendations on planning and development projects; provides general and specific information related to planning and zoning; supervision of cross-functional teams; performs related duties as assigned. May be assigned to either advanced planning duties, development services duties or a combination of both.


  • May supervise and lead planning and cross-functional teams and/or paraprofessional staff on a   general or project specific basis;
  • Serves as project coordinator of planning and development projects;
  • Analyzes plans or written proposals concerning development or use of land;
  • Researches and prepares studies, staff reports and recommendations on the City general plan and zoning and other related regulations;
  • Prepares and processes environmental documents;
  • Answers questions and provides information concerning zoning, development standards and       approved development proposals;
  • Answers public inquiries regarding City policies and procedures;
  • Attends City Council/Planning Commission meetings or community meetings when assigned;
  • Works directly with public and other agencies to discuss/resolve land use and regulatory issues, and performs plan checks for zoning or entitlement compliance.


Bachelors degree in planning, architecture, sociology, public administration, urban studies,        geography or related fields and at least three (3) years as an Associate Planner (in a supervisory role) in a local government planning organization or planning firm, processing land use permits or general plan and ordinance development and implementation.  A Master’s Degree in planning or architecture or related discipline is desirable and may be substituted for one (1) year of the required experience. Certification by the American Institute of Certified Planners is highly desirable.


Must have and maintain a valid California Class C Driver’s License.


Conflict of Interest Statement.


Knowledge of modern principles and practices of urban planning, design and development;    understanding of site planning and architectural design principles; knowledge of trends and    developments in municipal planning; knowledge of state and federal law/legislation pertinent to planning, zoning and CEQA; knowledge of requisite administrative procedures; ability to prepare comprehensive analytical reports and prepare thoughtful and practical recommendations; ability to prepare and make professional and understandable written, visual and verbal presentations before the public, Commission and City Council as necessary; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with City officials, civic groups, other agencies and the public;  ability to communicate in a highly effectively manner verbally and in written and graphic form; maintain cooperative and collaborative working relationships with peers, subordinates and      superiors. Able to supervise and lead cross-functional teams. Proficiency in Microsoft Word,   Excel, and PowerPoint required. Working knowledge of CAD, GIS, Arc View and other standard graphic software is highly desirable.


Work is performed in a busy office environment with frequent interruptions; requires use of      telephone, computer, keyboard, printer and other office equipment. Physical demands include    repetitive standing, stooping, kneeling, bending, twisting, reaching, grasping and carrying boxes and records weighing up to 20 pounds.


To apply, submit an original City of Gardena Employment Application to the Human Resources Office;  address listed below.  Applications submitted to any other office will be rejected unless otherwise directed.  Incomplete or illegible applications will be rejected. No copies, FAX or email copies.  We do not make copies of applications, DMV printouts or certifications.  Please come prepared with all applicable materials for submission.  Postmarks are not accepted. All applications will be reviewed and only those that demonstrate the best combination of qualifications and experience in relation to the requirements of the position will be invited to participate in the examination process.  The examination will consist of an oral panel interview. The examination process may be changed as deemed necessary by the City Human   Resources Officer.  


The City of Gardena does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, disability, marital status, age, sex or sexual orientation. The City of Gardena maintains and enforces a zero-tolerance policy relating to substance abuse and maintains a smoke-free workplace.


City of Gardena - Human Resources Office    

1700 W. 162nd St.

Gardena, CA 90247                

Phone: (310) 217-9688

Published on:
March 27, 2018 - 10:04am
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